Sunday, May 22, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, May 21, 2016

Fresno 7, Memphis 1

W- Brady Rodgers (2-3)
L- Deck McGuire (1-6)

Fresno home runs: Jon Singleton (10, solo in 2nd), Jon Kemmer (2, solo in 2nd)

The Grizzlies took the 2-1 series lead as Brady Rodgers imposed his will on the Redbirds on Saturday night.

Rodgers allowed a run on 6 hits (5 singles and a triple) and set a new career high with 11 strikeouts in 6.2 innings. Josh Fields pitched 1.1 innings and walked 1 while striking out 2, and Kevin Chapman worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

Jon Singleton and Jon Kemmer hit back-to-back solo shots in the 2nd to put Fresno on the board first. Danny Worth led off the 3rd with a single, moved to 2nd when Preston Tucker drew a walk, and scored following two wild pitches in a row. In the 5th, Matt Duffy and Tyler Heineman hit RBI singles, while Kemmer added a sac fly. Jack Mayfield drew a bases-loaded walk in the 7th to bring in the final run of the night. Singleton, who finished 2-4, opened the scoring with his solo homer and scored that final run of the game on Mayfield's BB. Eury Perez stole 2 bases (6).

In the series finale, Mike Hauschild will face Alex Reyes. First pitch is at 2:05.

Midland 3, Corpus Christi 1

W- Raúl Alcantara (4-2)
L- David Paulino (1-2)
S- Jake Sanchez (3)

CC home runs: None.

Well, as the old adage goes, all good things must come to an end. Both teams finished with 9 hits, but the Hooks only managed to get 1 run, and as a result, their 11-game winning streak came to an end.

The Hooks' only scoring play came on an RBI single from J.D. Davis in the 1st. Alex Bregman, who scored on the play, finished 2-4. D.J. Fisher and Alejandro Garcia also had 2 hits in this game. Fisher appeared in a game for the first time since Monday.

David Paulino went 6 innings and allowed a run on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 8. Angel Heredia pitched the final 2 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4.

Brian Holmes will start game 3 of this series. He'll take on Joey Wagman at 2.

Lancaster 7, High Desert 5

W- Rogelio Armenteros (2-1, 2-3 season)
L- Nick Gardewine (0-1)
S- Ryan Deemes (1, 2 season)

Lancaster home runs: Jason Martin (3, solo in 4th)

An Astros team defeated a Rangers team last night. The JetHawks took control of this game with 2 in the 8th and 1 more in the 9th to draw even in the series.

Brooks Marlow opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st and added a 2-run single to his ledger in the 3rd. Jason Martin led off the 4th with a solo shot and drove in the tying run with a sac fly in the 8th. Later in the 8th, Ramon Laureano drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in Kristian Trompiz, which put Lancaster in the lead. In the 9th, Trompiz got picked off trying to steal 2nd, but he held out long enough for Martin to cross with an insurance run.

Marlow has recorded 4 hits with the JetHawks; he's driven in runs with all but one of them. Bryan Muñiz finished 2-5 with a triple and a run scored; he is currently on an 8-game hitting streak. Martin's homer was his only hit on the night; he also walked twice, scored twice, and stole a base (8).

On a double steal in the 3rd, Ramon Laureano took 2nd, giving him 19 on the year, putting him atop the system's stolen base leaderboard with Kyle Tucker. Laureano was hitless, but he walked twice and scored, as Marlow followed the double steal with the 2-run single. Garrett Stubbs took 3rd on the double steal, giving him 8 on the season. Johnny Sewald stole his 1st base in the California League; he now has 17 on the year. Trompiz was 1-2 on steal attempts; he's taken 4 this year.

Dean Deetz went 4 innings and allowed 4 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 5. Rogelio Armenteros tagged in, and the only run he allowed in his 3.1 innings of work came on a solo homer from Tripp Martin in the 6th. Armenteros allowed three other hits, walked 1, and fanned 6. Ryan Deemes got his first save as a JetHawk, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 1 over 1.2 innings.

Josh James, who's coming off an outstanding tandem appearance, will start for Lancaster today. He'll face Ariel Jurado at 1:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities 10, Cedar Rapids 4

W- Alex Winkelman (5-1)
L- Dereck Rodriguez (1-5)

QC home runs: Pat Porter (1, 3-run in 6th)

After getting dominated in all facets of the game on Friday night, the Banditos bounced back and returned the favor. They trailed 2-0 after the 5th, but finished the game on a 10-2 run.

That 10-2 run all started with a 6-run 6th inning. Arturo Michelena sparked the rally with a double to lead off the inning. He advanced to 3rd following a bunt single from Aaron Mizell and scored Quad Cities' first run of the night when Myles Straw legged out a bunt single of his own. Straw was forced out at 2nd, but Mizell advanced to 3rd and scored on an error that allowed Connor Goedert to reach and Kyle Tucker to reach 2nd safely. Pat Porter made the Kernels pay for that miscue as he walloped a 3-run homer to put the Banditos in front. In his 2nd plate appearance of the inning, Michelena drove in the final run of the big 6th with a sac fly.

Michelena added an RBI single to his ledger in the 8th and scored on a sac fly from Kyle Tucker. Straw also had a sac fly in the inning. Michelena capped off the night with an RBI single in the 9th, his 4th hit of the game. Michelena went 4-4 with a double and scored twice. Mizell (R, SB [5]), Straw (2 RBI), Dex McCall (2 2B, 2 R), and Christian Correa (R, BB) all had 2-hit games. McCall has 3 consecutive multi-hit games. Kyle Tucker stole his 19th base of the year; he and Ramon Laureano lead the system in stolen bases.

Jose Luis Hernandez allowed 2 runs on 8 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 4.1 innings. Alex Winkelman went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4, and Zac Person got the final 2 outs of the game on 2 pitches.

The River Bandits and Kernels will continue their series today at 2:05. Yoanys Quiala will take on Miles Nordgren.

Four Stars


David Paulino, RHP, Corpus Christi
L (1-2), 6 IP, 7 H, ER, BB, 8 K


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Brooks Marlow, 2B, Lancaster
2-5, 2B, 3 RBI

1 (tie). Arturo Michelena or Brady Rodgers. Brady Rodgers or Arturo Michelena. Hmm... why not both?

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Arturo Michelena, IF, Quad Cities
4-4, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R

Brady Rodgers, RHP, Fresno
W (2-3), 6.2 IP, 6 H, ER, 11 K (new career-high in K)

Honorable Mentions

Myles Straw, OF, Quad Cities: 2-3, 2 RBI
- He did get caught stealing, but the fastest man in the system turned in a solid night at the plate.

Zac Person, LHP, Quad Cities: 0.2 IP (final 2 outs of the game) on 2 pitches
- Well, that didn't take long.

Rogelio Armenteros, RHP, Lancaster: W (2-1, 2-3 season), 3.1 IP, 4 H (solo HR), ER, BB, 6 K
- Armenteros may find himself in Corpus to finish the season. He's been quite the find for Oz Ocampo and the Astros' international team.

Ryan Deemes, RHP, Lancaster: Save (1, 2 season), 1.2 IP, H, BB, K
- Deemes hasn't missed a beat since his arrival in Lancaster.

Jason Martin, OF, Lancaster: Solo HR (3), 2 BB, 2 R, SB (8)
- Martin is trying to get himself going offensively. This 6-game stretch, which also includes 3 2-hit games, is a good starting point...

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